There are many variables to consider when determining the ROI of a TreadDesk. While the initial costs are obvious, many of the benefits can be difficult to quantify. For example when a person who works at a TreadDesk increases their activity level by walking while they work, their health will improve but it is difficult to translate that into a dollar figure.
We cannot say that a TreadDesk will reduce heart attacks although it could, or that working at a TreadDesk will add years to your life, which it most likely will. However what we do know and what research has proven is that walking has many benefits and when we increase our activity level and reduce our sedentary behaviors, we become healthier and healthier employees save us all money.
There are two ways to calculate a ROI in a TreadDesk:
1. Through reduced medical costs.
2. Through reduced absenteeism.
A recent study conducted by RTI Public Health Economics determined the annual medical costs for individuals based on different weight classes. They are as follows:
A normal weight person (BMI of less than 25) spends $3400 per year. An overweight person (BMI between 25-30) spends $4100 per year. An obese person (BMI over 30) spends $4870 per year.
If an overweight person could lose enough weight to move into the normal weight category, that person would save $700 per year in medical costs. If an obese person could move into the overweight category, that would save them $770 per year. If an obese person could move into the normal weight category, that would save them $1470 per year.
Based on these numbers, and depending on which TreadDesk model is purchased, it would take two to three years to realize a ROI through medical savings costs alone. If the TreadDesk is shared by several users, the ROI would be much shorter
It is a fact that healthier employees have fewer sick days. A 2011 Gallup Poll determined that overweight or obese workers in the U.S. miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared to healthy workers, resulting in an estimated cost of more than $153 billion dollars in lost productivity annually.
When an employee uses a TreadDesk at work, one of the first benefits the person realizes is weight loss due to the additional calories burned throughout the day. Over time, weight loss will lead to a healthier employee who should then have fewer sick days. In addition, walking while working has proven to increase both productivity and creativity.
To illustrate the ROI based on reduced absenteeism, we will use an employee with an annual salary of $50,000 who is responsible for bringing in revenue of at least $500 per day: 1. Salary of $50,000 = $192 per day. 2. Loss of revenue = $500 per day. Thus, the average minimum cost per sick day would total $692.
Based on this analysis, an employer who bought a TreadDesk for that employee would realize the ROI with only three fewer sick days in one year. If the TreadDesk was shared by three employees, it would take one less sick day per year for each employee to realize the same ROI.
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